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Full text of "Rapid Population Growth Consequences And Policy Implications"

The Food and Drug Administration ran a series of animal tests on surplus bacon meat that has been radiated and canned for the last three years to avoid spoilage. Results found that among animals that ate the meat there were less and less births. What happened to this surplus food over the last three years? Was it sent as foreign aid to all the darker nations? Is this what they are sending to Biafra right now? (59)
From these plots to exterminate undesirable populations, it is a short step to family planning. Some years ago the Black Muslim leader, Master W. Ford Muhammad, warned his disciples that, "Our enemies, the devils, now seek to prevent us from being a nation through our women, as Pharoah attempted to destroy Israel by killing off the male babies of Israel at birth" (60). More recently Chavez noted that "History is full of cases where they used bullets and weapons of destruction; now they have found a better way . . . they are going to exterminate us before we are ever born" (61).
A recent article penned by Pan-African Press writer Ogun Kakanfo shows how demographic nationalism has both international and intranational implications. Referring to a statement by John D. Rockefeller III that resolution of the population problem by the United Nations could be its greatest contribution to mankind, he comments,
This contribution . . . involves wiping out 2 billion potential liberation army soldiers in the systematically de-developed nations of Asia, Africa, Central and South America. . . the most hated and bitterly opposed scheme the U.S. Government has plotted since the enslavement of Africans and the near-extinction of North and South American Indians is the world-wide birth control program. (62)
In 1968 in Pittsburgh militant blacks forced the closing of certain Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) family planning services by threatening to bomb them. In this case Dr. Charles Greenlee, health committee chairman of the Pittsburgh chapter of the NAACP, wrote that "since Congress wouldn't pass a Rat Control Bill it's become popular to kill Black babies by birth control" (63). William Haden, black leader of Pittsburgh's United Movement for Progress, threatened riots and firebombing "if anyone tries to operate a birth control project in the area. I will use any weapon to fight the program and use it against people, black or white, who peddle pills to black women" (64). According to Haden, "The pill can lead to a bigger massacre of black people than the Germans' killing of the Jews" (65). Supported by a grant from the Catholic Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Haden was backed by Msgr. Charles 0. Rice, who maintained that the birth control program was "sociological vandalism" and "an invitation to the Negroes to commit race suicide" (66).
The kind of sexual nationalism typified by prewar Germany and Italy, and brought out so clearly in Altamirano's fears of "regimentation of the womb"ight holder.